Places an emphasis on one particular subject area, such as math/science, world language, or fine and performing arts. Magnet schools attract students from throughout the city.






Magnet schools specialize in a specific subject area, such as math and science, fine arts, world language, or humanities. These schools accept students from throughout the city and reflect diverse racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. 


In most magnet schools, students are selected by a computerized lottery.


Bus transportation is not generally provided for high school students. Transportation at the elementary and high school levels is provided to students with disabilities if the IEP or 504 plan requires it. Transportation may also be provided to homeless students upon enrollment. Contact the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services at (773) 553-1800 for more information.


Attendance boundaries

None for most schools. Students across the city may apply.


For more information, visit the website for the Office of Access and Enrollment at


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Enrollment requirements

Acceptance criteria

  • Standard application
  • Computerized lottery


Page Last Modified on Friday, October 11, 2013

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